Thursday, May 09, 2013

Prospect Park Birds (Finally)

A relatively brief lunchtime walk through Prospect Park revealed many overdue warblers and other songbirds. While last weekend's birding in Green-Wood Cemetery and Prospect Park combined for a paltry seven species of warbler (and absurdly low abundance of everything), my mostly damp walk in Prospect today finally broke the warbler double-digit mark at 16. The North end of the Midwood forest was ringing with birdsong as I counted 9 species of wood-warbler in this spot alone. I normally wouldn't expect to hear much singing at midday, so I'm thinking that the cloud cover and drizzle lulled the birds into thinking that it was still early. Once the sun came out the symphony subsided quite a bit. I didn't see or hear anything really unusual, but was just really glad to have experienced some normal Spring songbird activity. Like a lot of folks, I was beginning to worry that it would be the year "Spring Migration Missed New York City".


Location: Prospect Park
Date: May 9, 2013 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Species: 55

Double-crested Cormorant (2.)
Green Heron (1.)
Osprey (2.)
Chimney Swift
Hairy Woodpecker (1.)
Great Crested Flycatcher (1.)
Blue-headed Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Barn Swallow
House Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (1.)
Veery (2.)
Wood Thrush (1.)
Gray Catbird

Ovenbird (5.)
Worm-eating Warbler (1.)
Northern Waterthrush (2.)
Blue-winged Warbler (2.)
Black-and-white Warbler
Nashville Warbler (1.)
Common Yellowthroat (3.)
American Redstart (4.)
Northern Parula
Magnolia Warbler (1.)
Yellow Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler (1.)
Black-throated Blue Warbler (6.)
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Prairie Warbler (2.)
Black-throated Green Warbler (2.)

Chipping Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow (2.)
White-throated Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
Baltimore Oriole
American Goldfinch

Other common species seen (or heard):
Canada Goose, Mallard, Ring-billed Gull, Herring Gull, Rock Pigeon, Mourning Dove, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Blue Jay, Black-capped Chickadee, American Robin, European Starling, Red-winged Blackbird, House Sparrow

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